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Vad or banian tree at Bhaunath, Junagadh

Vad or banian tree at Bhaunath, Junagadh

Photographer: Sykes, D.H.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1869

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/7(813)

Item number: 813

Length: 25.6

Width: 32

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a Banyan tree growing beside a tank at Junagadh, taken by D.H. Sykes around 1869, for the Archaeological Survey of India. The Banian (banyan) or Ficus Indica is an East Indian tree with aerial shoots that grow down into the soil forming additional trunks. In India the tree is usually regarded as a symbol of fertility as well as being an important source of livelihood for its wood. The philosophical text of the Katha Upanishad mentions the Aswattha or Inverted Tree.

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